LEXINGTON, Ky. – May 7, 2020 – Nourish Lexington announced that it received a $25,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to aid in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The funding will be used to help meet the needs of hospitality workers recently unemployed because of COVID-19-related closings and to provide prepared meals to those who need immediate access to food.

To date, more than 28,000 meals have been distributed and 24 people have been paid to work more than 80 shifts.  

“This generous gift will ensure that more families in need will receive nutritious meals, and our community’s talented hospitality workers will contribute their skills while earning a much-needed payment during this challenging time,” said Becca Self, executive director FoodChain, one of the partners for Nourish Lexington. 

Nourish Lexington is a model collaboration that uses the skills and talents of local chefs, businesses, farms, funders and nonprofit agencies to feed hungry community members. 

“PNC stands committed, as always, to supporting our communities,” said John Gohmann, PNC regional president for Lexington.  “We believe that we are stronger together. Today, more than ever before, it is critical that we help people in the places where we live and work and we are proud to support the important service being provided by the Nourish Lexington initiative.”

In exchange for preparing and delivering meals, food service workers receive a $60 payment for a four-hour shift. Meals are being distributed to hospitality industry families, other families in need, seniors in affordable housing apartment complexes, and children and their families through family resource coordinators. 

Nourish Lexington is fueled by the generous donations from community partners and members of the public. To learn more about this effort and help feed members of our community who need it most, visit www.nourishlexington.org or https://bgcf.givingfuel.com/nourishfund. 

About PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.

About Nourish Lexington: 
Nourish Lexington is an initiative to utilize the skills and talents of hospitality workers recently unemployed due to the COVID-19 closings to provide prepared meals to those who need immediate access to food. In exchange for preparing and delivering meals, food service workers will receive a $60 payment for a four-hour shift. Meals will be distributed to hospitality industry families, other families in need, seniors in affordable housing apartment complexes and children and their families through family resource coordinators. To learn more visit www.nourishlexington.org

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